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There is a natural resistance or pushback when I talk with church people about innovation. I try to point out that the reason that the Christian movement has not only survived but also prospered over the years is the willingness of believers to learn, grow and innovate. Sometimes, our sources for innovation are found not […] Read More

My first-grade teacher was an innovator. She pushed the desks against the wall and placed carpets on the floor. We often sat in a circle and learned by stories, songs and interactive games. After that first year, it was 11 years of desk rows, lectures and copying things off the blackboard. At some points, I […] Read More

One of the final plays in Super Bowl XLIX will be discussed for a long time – the decision in the Seattle Seahawk’s huddle to pass rather than run the football on the 1-yard line. That decision resulted in a game-ending interception and loss and offered an important lesson to be learned: While huddling is […] Read More

In a recent faculty senate meeting at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, President Molly Marshall referred to Matthew 9:17 in her devotional: “Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new […] Read More

On Dec. 1, 1990, Phillippe Cozette, a French construction worker, reached a grimy hand through a tiny crack in a rock wall and grabbed the similarly dirty hand of Graham Fagg of Great Britain. That handshake, between a Frenchman and an Englishman, with its careful pumping in a close space, was more than just social […] Read More

Effective leaders must not only be agile in navigating a changing context, but they must be anticipatory as well, perceiving what’s ahead before it is clearly manifested. Business strategist Daniel Burrus makes this point in a recent blog post and suggests that such leaders must create change and drive disruption “from the inside out rather […] Read More

Christian meetings in 2014 disclose two trends. One is the predictable gathering with the same “old” programs and speakers. The other is passionate, content-rich events with much to celebrate and contribute. Dynamic gatherings attract a crowd and expand the organization’s constituency, building unity around initiatives that strengthen and equip churches to make a measurable difference […] Read More

You remember the story of “The Three Little Pigs,” don’t you? Sent out by their mother to make their way in the world, they live in fear of the “Big Bad Wolf.” Their first order of business is to build their houses. Choosing the path of most convenience, the first two pigs constructed their homes […] Read More

Telling the emperor he has no clothes can be tricky.  You remember the tale about this. The naïve young boy came out of the encounter unscathed, but the emperor was totally embarrassed.  When I was in Vietnam, I was an inexperienced, freshly minted second lieutenant in a logistics company. On one of my early assignments, […] Read More

The old joke goes something like this. How many Baptists does it take to change a light bulb? The answer, “None. Why would we want to change anything?” Change is never easy and rarely sought, but change is going to happen. We can either adapt to it or use it as a springboard for innovative […] Read More